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Bob Menendez

Judge in Sen. Menendez corruption case: No 'tabloid trial' in my courtroom

Judge in Sen. Menendez corruption case: No 'tabloid trial' in my courtroom

The trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy doctor charged with bribing him lurched forward in fits and starts Thursday, as the judge twice sent the jury out of the courtroom and chided prosecutors for focusing on "irrelevant" details about swanky hotels, limestone baths and rain showers.

U.S. District Judge William Walls' admonitions came during the questioning of the prosecution's first witness, an FBI agent summoned to authenticate emails between Menendez and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen about a trip to Paris taken by the New Jersey Democrat in 2010.

Melgen paid for Menendez's $4,900, three-night stay with his American Express points — part of a...

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